CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - A Carbondale, Illinois man pleaded guilty to home invasion and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Elijah S. Lacy, 31, will be required to serve three years of mandatory supervised release. Although he was originally charged with felony murder, that charge was dismissed as part of his agreement to plead guilty to home invasion.
Lacy was initially arrested in February 2009.
In July 2010, the case was originally set for trial. On the morning of the trial, however, a judge dismissed the case, ruling that Lacy's right to a Speedy Trial was violated.
The Illinois Supreme Court ultimately ruled that Lacy's right to a Speedy Trial was not violated, and Lacy was arrested again in November of 2013 on his original charges. He has been in custody ever since.
According to Jackson County State's Attorney Michael C. Carr, the evidence established that on Jan. 6, 2007, Carbondale police were dispatched to a home on Oak Street for a reported shooting. When they arrived, police say they found the front door to the home had been kicked in and Falon Taylor, who had been shot, was dead.
The investigation determined that two people went to the Oak Street home for a drug robbery.
According to Carr, Lacy was identified as being the one that kicked open the front door. They say the investigation revealed that Lacy was not the shooter and didn't know that the other person had a gun.
The person was identified as "B." Police say several witnesses identified "B" as Bryant Maybell.
Maybell was the subject of a federal drug prosecution following the incident. During Maybell's federal sentencing hearing on his drug charges, Carr said testimony was presented that Maybell was the one who fired the gun, killing Taylor. However, the federal court declined to credit this testimony, calling it unreliable.
Maybell was sentenced to live in prison and is currently serving that sentence without the possibility of parole.
At the plea, Lacy admitted that facts would show he was present when Taylor was shot, but he did not have prior knowledge that Maybell was armed or that he was going to shoot her.
The investigation was conducted by the Carbondale Police Department and the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group.